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Home price rise continues to pick up speed

The pace of home prices increases continued to accelerate in February, according to a measure released Tuesday that showed the biggest gain since near the height of the housing bubble.

Police: 'Grasping at straws' in Michigan kidnap case

Somebody took Jessica Heeringa from a Michigan gas station Friday night. Police seem certain of that but say they're "grasping at straws" for other evidence that might help them find the 25-year-old cashier.

Blast probe finds female DNA on bomb fragment, sources say

Investigators have found traces of a woman's DNA on a fragment of one of the pressure cooker bombs used in the Boston Marathon bombings, law enforcement sources told CNN.

Philadelphia woman charged with kidnapping girl from school, raping her

A Philadelphia woman was indicted this week, accused of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her school by posing as her mother, raping her and leaving her barely clothed and crying at a playground.

Coming out could boost Jason Collins' endorsements

For years, the assumption in locker rooms and along Madison Avenue has been that an openly gay athlete could kiss his endorsement deals good bye.

NASA probe gets close views of large Saturn hurricane

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

'Disgraceful' decision to end Boston suspect's interrogation, GOP lawmaker says

The decision to read Miranda rights to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the midst of an interrogation was called "disgraceful" Sunday by a leading Republican, who took aim at U.S.

The Mississippi ricin case -- a web of small-town intrigue

Was it a tiff between an Elvis impersonator and a martial arts instructor in the birthplace of the King that caused headlines around the world?

Official: Russia heard Boston suspects' mother 'discussing jihad'

Russia intercepted a communication between the mother of the accused Boston Marathon bombers and someone who may have been one of her sons "discussing jihad" in 2011, according to a U.S.

Man stabs choir members at end of church service

Mass had just ended at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the choir had begun its closing hymns when it happened.